The Code of Conduct is a public declaration of the principles of good conduct and ethics that members of the Council of the Town of Aurora have decided its stakeholders could reasonably expect from the Members of Council and Members of the Statutory and Advisory Committee, to demonstrate in the performance and responsibilities as elected and appointed representatives.
On June 24, 2008, Council adopted the Council Code of Conduct(amended July 13, 2010) and the Code of Conduct for Members of Committees & Boards. In order to ensure compliance with the Codes, the Municipal Act has permitted municipal councils to appoint an Integrity Commissioner whose primary responsibility is to investigate potential contraventions of the Code of Conduct for Members of Council and the Code of Conduct for Members of Committees and Boards.
Should an individual or organization feel that a Member of Council or Advisory Committee has contravened the Code of Conduct, they are encouraged to address the matter with the Member of Council or Advisory Committee or a senior staff person. It is anticipated that the matter can be resolved on this individual basis.
Individuals and organizations are encouraged to initially pursue an informal complaint procedure as a means of stopping and remedying a behaviour or activity that is prohibited by the Code of Conduct. However, it is not a precondition or a prerequisite that they pursue the informal complaint procedure prior to pursuing the formal complaint procedure.
A Member Council, Town staff or member of the public who has reasonable and probable grounds to believe that a Member of Council or Advisory Committee has contravened the Code of Conduct, may request that the matter, or complaint be reviewed. The complaint must be in writing accompanied by an affidavit witnessed by a commissioner of oath, which sets out the evidence in support of the complaint. Once the complaint is submitted, it will be provided to the Integrity Commission for review and investigation. The findings of the Integrity Commission are reported to the Director of Customer and Legislative Services who will then provide a copy of the report to the complainant and the Member of Council or Advisory Committee whose conduct is concerned. Additionally, the final report will be placed on an agenda of the next meeting of Council.